Mike Smirnoff is a Los Angeles, CA, based drummer. He can be seen performing everything from bebop jazz to rock, soul to heavy metal, Cuban traditional to electronic dance pop, and everything in between.
He has played formerly for artists such as Justin Jones (930 Records), Who Needs a Pulse (Warner/Chappell), Polkadot Cadaver (Razor to Wrist Records), and We Were Kings (2011, 2012, & 2013 WAMA award winners). He has performed with Low Stars (feat. members of the Counting Crows), Schiavone McGee (Fighting Gravity), No Second Troy, Pat McGee Band, Spirit Animal, The Vita Ruins, Bellflur (Scenic Route Records), Adrian Hardkor Krygowski & The Bad Decisions, The Blackjacks (DC101's Last Band Standing 2008 Winners), and Welbilt. Mike has a Bachelor's Degree in Percussion and a Master's Degree in Jazz Studies from the University of Maryland. Mike's drumming has been featured on MTV's Buzzworthy, ESPN's Baseball Tonight, PBS' Roadtrip Nation, Modern Drummer Magazine, CSI:NY, and The WB's The Lake.
Other groups Mike is a substitute/back up for are are Young Summer (Ready Set Records), Honor By August, Juneau Sky, Baby Bry Bry and The Apologists, Taylor Carson, Alex Vans, DC Composers Collective, Danni Rosner, Justin Trawick Band, Tiffany Thompson, The Junior League Band, Rome in a Day, and Citizen.
Mike has played as an opening act for: Ray LaMontagne, Coldplay, Charlie Daniels Band, Robert Randolph & the Family Band, Live, Staind, Bam Margera's F***face Unstoppable, The Minutemen, Frank Turner, Foreigner, KD Lang, Joan Jett, Bowling For Soup, Seether, Chevelle, Finger 11, Everclear, The Spin Doctors, The Hackensaw Boys, Papa Mali, Smash Mouth, Less Than Jake, Reel Big Fish, Jimmies Chicken Shack, Flogging Molly, Carbon Leaf, Virginia Coalition, Holy F***, Dam Funk, Low, Amos Lee, Eric Hutchinson, Josh Ritter, Billy Idol, Dwight Yoakam, and The Gin Blossoms.